Parasitoid wasps

Parasitoids spend a part of their life obtaining nourishment from a host, which they ultimately kill during the development process. All known parasitoids are invertebrates and most are wasps.

We are studying the evolution and diversity of parasitoid wasps and how these tiny insects can be used for biological pest control.

  • Aleiodes indiscretus wasp parasitising a caterpillar
    Braconid parasitoids

    We are aiming to define a species-level phylogeny of the subfamily Rogadinae, particularly the species of the genus Aleoides.

Dr Andrew Polaszek
Dr Andrew Polaszek

Research entomologist specialising in parasitoid hymenoptera and Head of the Museum's Terrestrial invertebrate division.